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Volume 55, Number 32    May 5 , 2008         

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April 2006 Newsmakers

Scaring voters
An April 23 broadcast of KQED Forum featured Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Tuman discussing the Pennsylvania primary election campaigns and outcomes. "With respect to the negative quality of the advertising, that ad that (Hillary Clinton) ran which featured Osama Bin Laden and Hurricane Katrina was meant to say, 'there will be times of crisis.' It was basically a scare tactic, and I have to say as somebody who looks at the advertising closely, there was a racial subtext to that as well. It was a reminder about Islam," Tuman said. "There is a percentage of voters, including voters in Pennsylvania, who continue to believe that Obama is a Muslim, and I think he was combating some of that."
 
Civil fighting
The April 23 edition of Inside Higher Education featured "Deployed: How Reservists Bear the Burden of Iraq," a book about members of the U.S. Army Reserves co-authored by Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice Michael Musheno. The book argues, for those who see themselves as citizen-soldiers, "identity is primarily anchored in the relationships and structures within civilian life, including but not limited to family, community, civilian work worlds, and education. … Civilian relationships, jobs, and goals are placed on the back burner."

Bonds leaves a mark
In an April 28 Wall Street Journal feature about former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds, Professor of History Jules Tygiel commented on the permanent mark Bonds left on the game. "Over the years he played here, Barry was like the greatest show on earth," Tygiel said.


 

 

 

 

 

 


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